Code: (V7 + )
also as: Nahaufklärungsstaffel 1./32 (from February 1944) Teileinheit Aufkl.St. 1.(H)/32
Formation and Training. (Apr 40 - May 40)
Formed about April-May 1940 (new) with Henschel Hs 126s. Place of formation is not known, but most likely occurred in the Luftflotte 3 area in southern Germany.
Attack on France and the Low Countries. (May 40 - Mar 41)
10.5.40: not yet operational for the beginning of the campaign in the West this date, the Staffel was subsequently assigned to Koluft AOK 7 deployed in defensive positions along the Rhine from the Karlsruhe area south to the Swiss border.
14.6.40: at Donaueschingen-North/60 km ESE of Freiburg under Koluft AOK 7 for the attack across the Rhine into Alsace that concluded with the signing of the armistice on 22 June.
30.8.40: Belgium-North France area under Koluft AOK 16 and assigned to V. Armeekorps.
9.9.40: Hs 126A (V7+LA) damaged taxiing at Frankfurt-Rebstock, 10%.
7.12.40: assigned to VIII. Fliegerkorps for Operation “Felix”, the planned attack on Gibraltar that was later cancelled. Most Luftwaffe units assigned to this operation were moved to southwest France at about this time.
Norway and Finland. (Apr 41 - May 45)
4.41: transferred to Norway around April-May 1941.
15.6.41: transferred from Oslo to Rovaniemi/N Finland.
22.6.41: at Kemijärvi/N Finland and assigned to support Befehlsstelle Finnland/AOK Norwegen (later AOK Lappland, and still later (Gebirgs-) AOK 20) for the attack on the Soviet Union with 7 x Hs 126s.
7.41: for the duration of the war in North Finland to September 1944, the Staffel was generally divided into 4 Ketten of three or four aircraft and based at Alakurtti, Kemijärvi, Petsamo, Kemi and Pontsalenjoki.
9.2.42: Hs 126 B-l (V7+IK) failed to return from a reconnaissance mission to the Murmansk area, 100%, 2 MIA.
15.3.42: transferred from Kemijärvi to Kemi approximately this date. This transfer probably only affected elements of the Staffel.
6.42: began to gradually replace its Hs 126s with Focke Wulf Fw 189s in June.
7.42: the main element of the Staffel transferred from Kemi to Alakurtti toward the end of June or beginning of July.
10.42: at Alakurtti, Kemijärvi and Petsamo with 10 Fw 189s and Hs 126s.
27.11.42: Fw 189 A-2 “Trop” crashed near Alakurtti due to engine trouble, 80%.
2.12.42: Fw 189 A-3 (V7+IC) failed to return (FTR) from a recce mission, 100%, Oblt. Hermann Petersen (pilot) + 2 MIA.
26.12.42: 2 Fw 189 A-2s and 1 Fi 156 destroyed by bombs during enemy air raid.
10.1.43: at Alakurtti, Kemijärvi and Petsamo.
4.5.43: Fw 189 (V7+1H) failed to return from operations. Aircraft was on a photo recce to one of the Russian airfield around Louchi when it was shot down by an enemy fighter. Staffel mainly engaged in photo recce work and armed recce missions at night during which Soviet trains were attacked with small bombs as they slowed down to approach a station.
1.9.43: at Alakurtti and Petsamo with 12 Fw 189As.
1.11.43: Alakurtti and Petsamo.
1.44: Alakurtti, Kemijärvi and Petsamo.
1.3.44: Alakurtti. Petsamo and Pontsalenjoki with Fw 189s.
3.44: began receiving its first allocation of a few Messerschmitt Bf 109Gs.
4.4.44: one crew member reported WIA during Russian air attack on Alakurtti.
15.4.44: Fw 189 (V7+IC) crashed on landing after being shot up by a Russian fighter near Alakurtti, 100%, 3 KIA.
30.6.44: at Alakurtti, Petsamo and Pontsalenjoki with 12 Fw 189As and 4 Bf 109Gs.
1.9.44: at Alakurtti and Petsamo with 8 Bf 109Gs and 6 Fw 189As.
10.44: German forces evacuated Finland following the 4 September armistice between Finland and Russia.
12.11.44: Staffel now at Bardufoss and Banak in North Norway with 10 Bf 109Gs, 10 Fw 189As and 3 Fiesler Fi 156s in support of 20th Mountain Army.
25.12.44: Bardufoss under FliegerfUhrer 3.
25.1.45: Bardufoss under 5. Fliegerdivision with 9(6) Bf 109Gs and Fw 189As.
28.4.45: North Norway under 5. Fliegerdivision.
8.5.45: surrendered at Bodø/N Norway with 7 Bf 109Gs, 4 Fw 189As and a remaining personnel strength of 5 officers and 56 men.
FpN:1.(H)/32 (L 32605).
Teileinheit (L 42721).
Hptm./Maj. Erhard Glitz (9 Jun 40 - 14 Feb 41)
Hptm. Walter Liebing ( ? - ? ) 6/41, 8/41
Hptm. Günther Hoppe ( ? - 8 May 45)
BALLY, Karl Ludwig Anton Maria von, Hptm.
BECKER, Paul-Heinz, Lt.
BRAND, Heinz, Lt.
DIETRICH, Friedrich, Lt.?
DREXEL, Friedrich, Lt.
GEBHARDT, Friedrich Wilhelm, Oblt.
GESTLE, Friedrich (Fritz), Lt./Oblt.
HAUSCHILD, Rudolf, Oblt.
HIRN, Johannes (Johann), Oblt.
KAREZ, Edmund, Oblt.
KNABE, Konrad, Oblt.
KRAUSS, Rudolf, Lt.
MARTENS, Günther, Lt./Oblt.
METT, Helmut (Helmuth), Oblt.
NETH, Dipl.Ing. Hermann, Hptm.d.R.
PETERSEN, Hermann, Oblt.
SCHUBERT, Herbert Max, Lt.
SCHULZE-BAHR, W., Lt.
TANTZ, Werner, Oblt.
WERNER, Wolfgang, Oblt.d.R.
WESTDICKENBERG, Hermann, Lt./Oblt.
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress). (1st Draft 2021)
Additional Notes and Losses
27.5.42 – Hs 126 departed Alakurtti 07.33 hrs on a tactical reconnaissance sortie on behalf of the Finnish III AK. There was no traffic seen on the railway line between Kiestinki and Louhi. 20, 000 leaflets were also dropped. Escort was provided by 2 Bf 109s from 4./JG 5 which did not come into contact with the enemy.
An Hs 126 of this staffel was on an artillery spotting sortie for XXXVI AK, operating between 18.19 hrs and 19.15 hrs. No escort recorded for this aircraft.
28.5.42 – 1 Hs 126 departed Alakurtti at 07.21 on a reconnaissance sorties on behalf of the Finnish III AK. The aircraft encountered light and heavy flak near the Lebedewo railway yards. At 08.25 hrs the crew of the Hs 126 also dropped 35,000 leaflets. Escort was provided by 2 Bf 09s from 4./JG 5. The Hs 126 finished its sortie at 08.50 hrs.
1 Hs 126 departed Petsamo at 10.16 hrs on a reconnaissance on the southern flank of the Gebirgskorp. Escort provided by 2 Bf 109s from II./JG 5.
At 14.05 an Hs 126 of the staffel started a sortie to provide reconnaissance for the Finnish III AK. Leaflets were also dropped on this sortie. The sortie was completed at 15.32 hrs.
At 17.01 an Hs 126 departed Alakurtti on a sortie on behalf of the Finnish III AK. This aircraft dropped 65,000 leaflets and flyers. They spotten an enemy fighter which did not attempt combat – escort provided by 4./JG 5.
At 20.56 hrs an Hs 126 from this staffel took of and provided artillery spotting for XXXVI AK. Escort provided by 2 Bf 109s from 4./JG 5. The Hs 126 completed its sortie at 21.55 hrs.
An Hs 126 departed Alakurtti at 21.55 hrs to provide reconnaissance support for the Finnish III AK. It also dropped 25,000 leaflets. Escort was provided by 2 Bf 109s from 4./JG 5. The aircraft returned at 23.30 hrs. 
29.5.42 - An Hs 126 took off from Petsamo at 02.59 hrs on an artillery spotting sortie. This aircraft also dropped 3,000 leaflets. III./JG 5, also operating from Petsamo, provided the escort of 2 Bf 109s.
30.5.42 – An Hs 126 from the staffel took off from Alakurtti at 01.11 hrs to provide the Finnish III AK with reconnaissance support. In addition the aircraft dropped 19,000 leaflets. Escort was to be provided by 2 Bf 109s from 4./JG 5, however, the fighter sortie was canceled as the Hs 126 did not appear at the rendevous.
Hs 126 departed Alakurtti at 09.20 hrs to on an artillery spotting sortie on behalf of XXXVI AK. Escort provided by 2 Bf 109s from 4./JG 5. The Hs 126 completed its sortie at 10.35 hrs.
One Hs 126 departed Petsamo, at 15.01 hrs, on a reconnaissance of the North and South flanks of the Gebirgskorps. Tactical results were to be fed back directly to the Army. Three fighters were sighted but no combat took place. 2 Bf 109s from II./JG 5 provided the escort which also did not engage the enemy. The Hs 126 completed its soirtie at 16.01 hrs.
31.5.42 – 1 Hs 126 flying from Alakurtti at 09.37 hrs performed reconnaissance for the Finnish III AK. Escort was provided by 2 Bf 109s from 4./JG 5. In addition to its reconnaissance tasks the Hs 126 dropped 15,000 leaflets. Escort landed at 11.00 hrs and the Hs 126 landed at 11.17 hrs.
1.6.42 - 1 Hs 126, operating from Petsamo at 02.05 hrs operated on behalf of Geb.Korps also dropped 12, 000 leaflets. Aircraft experienced fire from heavy and light flak in the enemy area. Aircraft landed at 03.03 hrs.
- G.Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, 16+ Bde., Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); W.Dierich - Die Verbände der Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Gliederungen und Kurzchroniken – Eine Dokumentation; N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945; K.Gundelach - Die deutsche Luftwaffe im Mittelmeer 1940-1945, p.55; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-312 roll 1009/094; roll 1063/888; roll 1070/591, 969); (T-405 roll 13/785); AFHRA Maxwell: decimal 512.625S (British Air Ministry) OKL document; PRO London: AIR 40; PRO London: ADM 223/OIC-SI (Operational Intelligence Centre - Special Intelligence), a daily intelligence report based on ULTRA and other signals intelligence that began about January 1942; BA-MA Freiburg: Signatur RL 9/35, RL 40/Kart; BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); BA-MA Freiburg: Flugzeug-Bereitstellungen (Aircraft Availability Status Reports – FzB) in: M.Holm-website (ww2.dk); Jet & Prop magazine 3/1996, pp.20-21; correspondence from K.Maesel in Norway to H.L.deZeng.
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